Hospital Auxiliary Presents ‘Beach Party’

The 55th annual Warren General Hospital Auxiliary’s summer gala will once again take place at Betts Park in Warren, Pa. On Saturday, June 15, from 6:30-11:30 p.m., the auxiliary will host “Beach Party,” a tropical paradise, sun and fun experience. Held under the big tent near the Allegheny River, music will be provided by Jimmy Buffett tribute band Tom Watt, “The Buffettman” and his band “The Fruitcakes” will star in the gala. Watt, who is a real Jimmy Buffett double in both looks and sound, has been a stand-in for Buffet in movies and on TV. Many people will remember his last trip to Warren at the 2007 Auxiliary summer “Margaritaville” gala.

The “Beach Party” benefit dinner/dance will include a 7-10 p.m. buffet. A variety of appetizers by local caterers will be showcased. Kondak’s Market, Lynda’s Catering, Catering Plus, the Conewango Valley Country Club, Red Apron Catering, Greek Godess Delights and Randy Swanson, The Swedish Chef, have signed on thus far. The dinner buffet is being prepared by another local caterer, the Hog Wild BBQ Company. The desserts that have become a standard at the summer gala, will again be presented by Sodexo. The coffee bar with specialty coffees will be sponsored by Tim Hortons of Warren. A cash liquor and soda bar will be available.

The gala is one of the largest yearly events sponsored by the WGH Auxiliary. General chairman Robbin Price and decoration’s chairmen Nora Daubenspeck and Gloria Merenick, have been working for nearly a year to bring together this benefit dinner/dance. This year’s proceeds will go toward the auxiliary’s $150,000 pledge to the WGH Cancer Care Center’s expansion project.

Tickets are $40 per person presale for only two more weeks, until June 14, at the WGH Window Box Gift Shop, Crone’s Drugstore in Warren and Ekey’s Garden Center in North Warren. Tickets will also be sold at the door for $45. See Debra Gray about the cost of reserving an entire table. For additional information, contact Debbie at 723-4973, ext. 1835 or